Food Export Figures Confirm Ability of Agriculture to Deliver

IFA President John Bryan said today’s record food and drink export figures of nearly €10bn for 2013 is further proof of the ability of the agriculture sector to play a central role in Ireland’s economic recovery.


He said, “Today’s results also underline the importance of investment in agriculture and primary food production. Our sector is at the centre of the rural economy and will deliver jobs and export growth if supported. We are well on track to deliver the Food Harvest 2020 target of €12bn in food exports”.


John Bryan said a commitment by the Government to a strong Rural Development Programme will underpin farm income, jobs and economic activity across rural Ireland. This is vital for balanced regional development in the country.


He said agriculture must be underpinned by strong support for farm schemes, which are crucial for maintaining farm families in vulnerable sectors and regions.

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